Celestial hemisphere:  Northern  ·  Constellation: Canes Venatici (CVn)  ·  Contains:  NGC 4627  ·  NGC 4631  ·  Whale Galaxy
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ngc4631 -- Whale Nebula  -- APOD Oct 6, 2022, 



    
        

            Michael Sherick
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ngc4631 -- Whale Nebula -- APOD Oct 6, 2022

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ngc4631 -- Whale Nebula  -- APOD Oct 6, 2022, 



    
        

            Michael Sherick
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ngc4631 -- Whale Nebula -- APOD Oct 6, 2022

Acquisition details

RA center: 12h42m04s.580

DEC center: +32°3214.49

Pixel scale: 0.349 arcsec/pixel

Orientation: 11.965 degrees

Field radius: 0.174 degrees

WCS transformation: thin plate spline

More info:Open 

Resolution: 2908x2100

File size: 1010.6 KB

Locations: Sagrada Observatory, Las Cruces, NM, Las Cruces, NM, United States

Data source: Own remote observatory

Remote source: Non-commercial independent facility

Description

Selected as NASA's APOD October 6, 2022

This image of ngc4631 "The Whale Galaxy", shows a barred spiral galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici.  This side-on distorted galaxy has the appearance of a whale.   There is an intense central starburst revealing a star forming region.  This interesting galaxy is some 30 million ly distant from Earth.

Image data was 30 x 300s Luminance1x1; 12 x 600s each RGB binned 2x2.

Imaged from the Sagrada Observatory, Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Average seeing conditions.  Telescope: 24"RC  Camera: FLI-PL-09000 Gen-II Filters.

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ngc4631 -- Whale Nebula  -- APOD Oct 6, 2022, 



    
        

            Michael Sherick